Food & drink

Restaurant manager

Restaurant managers oversee their venues and make sure customers are satisfied with the food and service.

Annual Salary

£18,000 to £45,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours


Future employment

There will be 3% more Restaurant manager jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

You'll work in an independent restaurant or restaurants that are part of a chain, hotel or fast food outlet.

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • planning menus
  • organising shifts and rotas
  • managing stock control and budgets
  • working with food and drink suppliers
  • running the business in line with licensing, food hygiene, and health and safety rules
  • recruiting staff and organising training

GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths, and a qualification in hospitality, could be helpful.

Large restaurants and fast food chains have management trainee schemes. For these, you'll usually need a foundation degree or degree and relevant experience.

You could start as a trainee manager and work your way up.

You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.

£18,000 to £45,000

Starter salary: £18,000 to £25,000

Experienced salary: £28,000 to £40,000

These figures are a guide.


Your working hours could include evenings, weekends and public holidays. You may work shifts and split shifts (working mornings and evenings, with time off in the afternoon).

You may work overtime at certain times of the year, like Christmas or Easter.

You'll usually work indoors, splitting your time between the front of the restaurant and the kitchen. You may travel to meetings or to provide cover for other restaurants in the same company.

With experience, you could become a regional manager or hotel manager.

You could also set up your own restaurant.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • excellent communication skills
  • strong customer service skills
  • the ability to motivate and manage staff
  • numeracy skills
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